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Sarah-Jane Perry

Black Ball Open QF: Perry Marches Through To Last Four

England’s World No.7 Sarah-Jane Perry has reached her second successive PSA Platinum semi-final after defeating Egypt’s World No.27 Nada Abbas at the CIB Black Ball Squash Open.

The Englishwoman, who has not dropped a game so far in Cairo, reached the last four at the Windy City Open in Chicago last week and will once again feature in a semi-final after she put in a professional performance to axe the unseeded Abbas.

Abbas, who ousted World No.12 Joshna Chinappa in round two, reached the quarter finals after receiving a walkover against World No.2 Nouran Gohar after she withdrew from their match last night due to a foot injury. However, the Egyptian was not able to continue her big run on home soil as she fell to an in-form Perry.

The Englishwoman took a tight first game on the tie-break, with Abbas showing glimpses of having the potential to create an upset, however following that breakthrough Perry was able to cement her game plan and control the pace of the match to close out comfortably 12-10, 11-7, 11-3 in 31 minutes.

Perry will face World No.10 Hania El Hammamy for a place in the final tomorrow.

“I got to the semi-finals last week, so to get to two semi-finals in a row at Platinum events is something I have never done before,” said the Englishwoman afterwards.

“Me and Nada have only played once before and that was a couple of years ago and she has improved so much, so I didn’t come into this one taking her lightly at all.

“There were a few more errors than I would have liked but I know that the way I play, there is always going to be a few errors. I just tried to stay focused and take the middle away from her and not let her wind up because she can be lethal.

“I watched Hania’s match against Camille [Serme] yesterday and their one in Chicago last week, she has been playing some fantastic squash and getting some really good results. She’s definitely earned that spot in the top ten and I don’t think she will be leaving there for a while. Hopefully it will be a battle of youth v experience and hopefully I come out on top.”

[7] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) bt Nada Abbas (EGY) 3-0: 12-10, 11-7, 11-3 (31m)

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